The New Jersey History
and Historic Preservation Conference
Visit the Princeton Battlefield, one of the most pivotal battlegrounds of the American Revolution. On January 3, 1777, the peaceful winter fields and woods near Princeton were transformed into the site of what is considered to be the fiercest fight of its size during the American Revolution. During this desperate battle, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars. Coming at the end of “The Ten Crucial Days” which saw the well-known night crossing of the Delaware River and two battles in Trenton, the Battle of Princeton gave Washington his first victory against the British Regulars on the field.
While you’re in the area: The Thomas Clarke House built in 1772 and used as a field hospital after the battle, contains period furniture and Revolutionary War exhibits. Across the road is the Ionic Colonnade and stone patio, designed by the architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, Thomas U. Walter, marking the grave of 21 British and 15 American soldiers killed in the Battle of Princeton.